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Dr. Oz shared the emotional story of a woman whose life was saved after attending one of his free 15-minute physical clinics in Kansas City. The biggest lifesaving hour in Dr. Oz history also included the guidelines you should follow regarding colonoscopy screenings.
Dr Oz: Blood Pressure Danger Signs
Filled with fear and emotion, a woman named Lorry, who is 46 years old and uninsured, shared her story of worrying about her risk for heart disease. She told Dr. Oz that both of her grandparents died from heart disease and her Mom has had a heart attack, so she knows that she is at higher risk and through tears she expressed hope to Dr. Oz that he could help her during her visit to one of his 15-Minute free physical clinics.
He promised to be by her side during her exam and help her through her fear. Dr. Oz held Lorry’s hand while she had her blood pressure taken, which was frighteningly high at 164/116. The bottom number was actually blinking on the monitor, which Dr. Oz explained is a warning because it puts her at higher risk for having a stroke. He immediately took Lorry in to have a stress test, which gave him great concern because of how hard her heart was pumping during her short time on the treadmill.
Dr Oz: Heart Attack vs Stroke Risk
Dr. Oz’s guest, Lorry, expressed that her biggest fear was having a heart attack, so she was surprised when Dr. Oz told her she is actually at a higher risk for having a debilitating stroke.
In a powerful demonstration, Dr. Oz showed Lorry what a human brain looks like that has suffered from a stroke. There was a large bruised area because of a blood vessel that popped and hemorrhaged. He explained that this is the most common type of stroke in younger people with high blood pressure.
About 75 million Americans have high blood pressure and are at risk for having this kind of stroke. The best, and most important thing to know, is that it is completely preventable.
Dr Oz: Food Plan to Lower Blood Pressure
Dr. Oz said that first place to start in lowering your blood pressure is with your diet. He had a plan that will focus on getting your potassium levels up while lowering your sodium levels. Dr Oz said that by switching out proteins that contain saturated fats with proteins that contain healthy fats, like salmon, it will literally open up your blood vessels and lower your blood pressure.
Foods high in potassium:
- Citrus fruits
- Greens (like spinach)
Dr Oz: Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure
Dr. Oz said that by adding just 30 minutes a day of exercise, you can lower your blood pressure. He said it does not have to be overly strenuous, but an activity that gets you moving and active will improve your health.
Dr Oz: Check Your Blood Pressure Regularly
Dr. Oz said that the best way to take charge of your health is by monitoring your blood pressure on a regular basis. In Lorry’s case, he wanted hers to be checked daily, but everyone else should also be having theirs checked on a regular basis so if there is a problem you can get help as soon as possible.